Really great reel abu garcia did an awesome job on this definitely worth the $120 it is very smooth and is amazing for freshwater striper fishing
January 4, 2014
These are the best reels manufactured to date.
My wife's father was a dedicated bass fisherman with huge bass on many walls. He passed away in 1991, I cleaned out my mother-in-laws attic a year later and found a 5500c3 reel. I sent it off to be cleaned (I didn't know much about reels at the time# and was informed that they did not make that particular reel any more and that it was an outstanding reel by a professional repairer and that it was worth more now than when new. I dont know of any reels like that today. Now 2013, I have retired from the military and have more time to fish, I use that same reel as my go to reel with a lipless crankbait. I now have #2# 5500C3's #pitching/flipping on 7.5 ft rod, 7' crankbait rod), a 6600C4 for spinnerbaits. These reels are made of metal, so no fear of breaking. Parts are readily available and easily replaceable. I will be passing these reels down to my grand children and I know they will last since I have been able to witness it first hand.
December 31, 2013
These reels are built like a tank
Received a lightly used C3 5500 as a gift from my mother in law. Never used a baitcast before, but after practice I was in love with this reel. Cleaned it, put new line on it, and its like I just walked out of the store with it. Abu reels are the only reels I will ever buy again.
December 4, 2013
I have owned and used the C3 & C4 "round" reels for many, many years and they are very good. In fact, the latest versions of both reels, with the retro 70's-style end plates are the BEST. However, the 4600 series would benedfit from a disengaging levelwind during freespool for casting lighter lures longer distances. Skip the BCX models and spend a little more for the real, "Swedish-made" models . . . you won't regret it!
October 7, 2013